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UN Secretary-General condemns Garissa al-Shabaab attack

03 April 2015, 08:40

Nairobi - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the al-Shabaab attack on Garissa University College which killed 147 plus the four attackers.

Ban's office said that he called for those responsible to be swiftly brought to justice and reiterated his solidarity with the Kenyan government and people "in their efforts to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism."

The attack lasted for 13 hours from 5:30 a.m. and it caused by far the highest death toll in an attack on Kenyan soil by al-Shabaab, the Islamic extremist group from neighboring Somalia.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said the four gunmen who attacked the college had strapped themselves with explosives.

Also read: Garissa attack commander a former school teacher

Nkaissery said when soldiers shot at the four, the attackers exploded "like bombs." He said shrapnel from the explosions injured officers.

Most of those killed in the attack were students but two police officers, one soldier and two watchmen are among the dead.

It is by far the highest death toll in an attack by al-Shabaab on Kenyan soil.

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